GARY PLAYER: That's a big message coming through to the world. A lot of us are not seeing that. If you win on the European Tour, it's tough. It's unbelievably tough, and he wants to play, and I'm 100 percent behind him. He wants to go and play and be recognized as the best player in the world, and we'll see his record when he's all finished and you've got Tiger and all the guys together you can only compare records when a man's career is finished. You can't do it mid stream. That's his desire, and I'm 100 percent behind him, and for somebody to say it's tough to do from the time Ernie Els wakes up in the morning, he doesn't put his hand on his suitcase. He's got somebody putting his suit case in the car, he gets out at the airport, walks straight onto the plane, the pilots put the baggage on or there's a baggage man you pay $20 and there's fruit and food and a chef or whatever it is and you're flying in a G5 and you're telling me that that's tiring. Man, I've done 15 million miles in an airplane with six children (laughter) and 33 pieces of baggage and three taxis and three rooms and I had to win the tournament to break even (laughter).
I mean, it's all relative. I can't go for that. We're becoming soft. We're becoming the rest are becoming soft, and you're thinking about I don't understand the thinking that you have quite honestly. I'm not criticizing it, but I'm looking at it from my point of view where I've traveled tourist, it took me 40 hours to fly to this great country because I wanted to come here and win, 40 hours. They do it now 15 hours nonstop in a G5 and a big sleeper and if you want to have a massage or whatever, you can have it. Money is no object. How the hell can you tell me you're tired or it's tough to do? I don't understand that. I went from South Africa three days ago to London, did business there, got on a plane, flew all the way to Canada, played with 150 people in one day with no chance to get used to the time change the next morning. So I had an eight hour time change, played with 150 guys, went back to Florida, did the thing I had to do, fly up here this morning, I'm going to Seattle now. I'm 70. I don't go for that tired crap (laughter). I really don't. When you're getting a million bucks and you're playing I'll tell you something, I won my first tournament in Lexington, Kentucky, and I won $2,800. Retief wins $900,000 and they don't even have a different step. $900,000. Come on, guys. You in this room understand what I'm saying.
How many people in this great country in the United States you've got to get things in perspective. It's in your mind. It's all in the damn mind. How many people in this country make $150,000 a year. Do you want me to tell you? Not 4 percent. Think of the average man sitting in his hometown, and he sees guys winning $900,000 and he's getting a million dollars and the pressman writes "he's tired and he can't perform his best." They think we're crazy. And I do, too. I think any time a man has got a G5 and all this money that he's playing for and he gets there four days before, how much do you need when you're a young man. I'm 70, I've never even had a day's rest, 150 guys I had to play with. I mean, it's in the mind.
We're going crazy, we're going soft. I do think that people must have more respect that a person wants to play somewhere the United States Tour is not the only Tour. There are Tours all over the world, and to win tournaments around the world and to be champions in those countries, you can have fierce competition and you can go to Hong Kong, and Tiger Woods is going to have to play his very best to win. If he goes to Hong Kong he'd better play well, otherwise he won't win.
JOHN BUSH: Thanks for coming by, Mr. Player. Good luck in September at the Presidents Cup.
GARY PLAYER: Thank you so much.
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